Five major Melbourne streets soon will be paved with asphalt culled from recycled plastic, says Lord mayor Sally Capp.
Capp asserts that the paving lining these historically significant avenues will resemble that found on any other street. Yet by drawing upon plastic as an asphalt ingredient, a new demand for recycled products will be created.
She says that the city collects 11,000 tonnes of residential recycling annually. Drawing from a mix of plastic to resurface the streets, Capp believes, will simultaneously support the circular economy and reduce landfill.
Deputy lord mayor Arron Wood says that the paving consists of 50 percent recycled plastics and other recyclable materials, like Slag Aggregates and RAP (Recycled Asphalt Products), with the remainder consisting of virgin materials.
The trial, Wood asserts, will permit area leaders to evaluate as to whether they can use more recycled materials and plastic to resurface the roads.
The trial represents a joint initiative headed by the City of Melbourne, its subsidiary Citywide, and the Citywide North Melbourne Asphalt Plant, utilising plastic waste sourced from metropolitan Melbourne.
The deputy lord mayor cites the trial as a valuable step towards the literal building of a circular economy.